Used or Useful?

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a message about the way Christian life colors and flavors the world. Based on Matthew 5:1-16   

The Service for the Lord’s Day
February 9, 2020    10:30 am
“Used or Useful?”

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Prelude                             “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”                        arr. M Hayes

“Joyful Day”                                           arr. M Hayes

“I’m Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing”                 arr. M Hayes

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Moment for Mission                             Boy Scouts


*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


Hymn                                                “Give Thanks”                                                  H Smith


Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather today as people who have been gifted by God.

People:    Gifted with talents to help us fulfill a purpose in our lives.

Leader:     We are challenged to use our gifts every day, in many ways;

People:    to become a servant of the Lord and an example of strength in


       Leader:     A shaker of salt unopened on a shelf cannot be appreciated; it is

not functional; it cannot fulfill its purpose.  We are to use the gifts of God,

for if unused, they will become ineffective.

ALL:        Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                       “Build Your Kingdom Here”                           Rend Collective


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

            Dear Lord, we live our lives doing what we want to do, not what we are capable of doing.  We often have a “stop while we are ahead” philosophy, fearing that we won’t be as effective the next time; or that we will fail, and not be appreciated. We lean on our own understandings instead of looking to You for knowledge and guidance.  When doubts prevent us from being used as we are intended, help us to recognize and be confident in our abilities.  Give us the courage to step forward time and time again, despite our worries that we have been worn down and weakened.  Remind us that we are the salt of the earth, and we are as strong as He who has refined us… (Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Even when we lose ourselves in the sin and confusion of the world, God

gives us the strength to change.   God’s mercy and forgiveness enable us

to be both used and useful.

ALL:        Thanks be to God!


*The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.



Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st Graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.


Anthem                                             “Ancient Words”                                       arr. P Keveren

Chancel Choir


Message           “Used or Useful?”                 Dr. Jennifer Blake

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Matthew 5:1-16                                         Pew Bible pg. 786

The Beatitudes
5 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.


*Hymn #733                                                                             “We All Are One in Mission”


Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy

will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.



Offertory Anthem                     “Better Is One Day”                                        M Redman

Adonai Singers


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



Hymn #700                                                              “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”




Postlude                                            “Marche Triomphale”                                        T Dubois



*Please stand, in body or in spirit


As you leave today:

How you can best use your God-given gifts for the greatest impact?